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Latest in the series of blogs for Trust for London
Inequalities and disadvantage in London – focus on ethnicity

The new London Mayor Sadiq Khan was elected in May on a platform of fairness, with commitments to a more equal London, the creation of a new economic fairness unit within the GLA and tackling low pay. In this latest blog we look at disparities in key economic outcomes (unemployment, youth unemployment, low pay, income and wealth) in London by ethnic group.

The findings are drawn from our comprehensive report on inequality and disadvantage in London published last year, The Changing Anatomy of Economic Inequality in London (2007-2013). The report provided a detailed picture of what happened to different population groups in London in the wake of the crisis and downturn. In a series of blogs we are expanding that analysis by ‘drilling down’ into different aspects of inequality in London.

Other blogs in this series:

What happened to inequality in London following the crisis and downturn?

Inequalities and disadvantage in London – focus on Disability

Inequalities and disadvantage in London: focus on Religion and Belief

News Posted: 22 June 2016      [Back to the Top]

LSE Housing and Communities Book Launch
Cities for a Small Continent: International Handbook of City Recovery by Professor Anne Power

LSE Housing and Communities, with support from La Fabrique de la Cité invites you to the launch of Anne Power's latest publication 'Cities for a Small Continent'. This book draws together 10 years of ground-level research into the ways Europe's ex-industrial cities are treading new paths in sustainability. Anne Power uses seven case-study cities to detail how and why city change happens, and how cities in the world's smallest, most crowded, most city-loving continent can build a more viable, balanced and sustainable urban future.

Download the Book Order Form here - £15 Special Launch Price Until 30th June 2016

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Chaired by Professor Ricky Burdett, this event will explore the causes and consequences of urban challenges in post-industrial European cities and the potential that their model offers in creating more sustainable cities. Bruce Katz of the Brookings Institution will situate this study in a US-context whilst Anne Power will set out the European perspective. Speakers confirmed are:
  • Professor Ricky Burdett, LSE Cities
  • Professor Anne Power, LSE Housing and Communities and Professor of Social Policy
  • Bruce Katz, Centennial Scholar at the Brookings Institution
Cities for a Small Continent will be available to buy at the event. There will also be an opportunity to have your book signed by Anne Power and Bruce Katz.

The event is free but booking is essential. Please RSVP to to register your interest.

Old Theatre, Old Building, London School of Economics, Houghton Street, London WC2A 3PH

LSE Housing Special Event

News Posted: 24 May 2016      [Back to the Top]

Sanctions and inequalities: what do we know and need to know about the impact of benefit sanctions
on particular groups?


CASE and UK Administrative Justice Institute (UKAJI) jointly held a seminar with a panel discussion on 16th March 2016.


It brought together three speakers who have investigated different aspects of the impact of sanctions, and provided the opportunity for participants to discuss the evidence and gaps in our knowledge. Presentation slides and associated papers are available below.



Anne Power (CASE, LSE)

How are sanctions hitting people’s lives? Community-level evidence


Aaron Reeves (International Inequalities Institute, LSE)

Does applying sanctions to unemployment benefit recipients increase welfare exit and employment? A cross-area analysis of UK sanctioning reforms  download here

Working paper: Do punitive approaches to unemployment benefit recipients increase welfare exit and employment? download here


David Webster (University of Glasgow)

Sanctions: The Missing Evidence download here

Listen to the presentations here  


Discussants: Michael Adler (University of Edinburgh) and Maurice Sunkin (UKAJI)

Notes from the session available to download here

Listen to the discussion here

News Posted: 16 March 2016      [Back to the Top]

Date for your diary: 27th April
What was the impact of the Coalition government on social policy outcomes and welfare governance?

Venue: London School of Economics, Hong Kong Theatre, Clement House
Wednesday 27th April 2016, 3.00 - 6.00 pm, followed by a drinks reception

Speakers:  Professor Hugh Bochel, Professor Sir John Hills, Professor Ruth Lupton, Professor Martin Powell, Dr Polly Vizard

Respondents: Nick Timmins 
(The King's Fund, Institute for Government, former public policy editor at the Financial Times) and Peter Taylor Gooby (Research Professor of Social Policy at the University of Kent)

Chair: Professor Coretta Phillips 

This event will launch two new complementary publications analysing UK social policy from 2010 to 2015.  Hugh Bochel and Martin Powell will introduce The Coalition government and social policy: restructuring the welfare state and Ruth Lupton will present on the key findings from Social Policy in a Cold Climate: policies and their consequences since the crisisPolly Vizard and Martin Powell will jointly present on “What happened in health services? John Hills will then lead a short commentary to be followed by a discussion led by the respondents Nick Timmins and Peter Taylor-Gooby. There will then be an opportunity for questions from the audience.

Hugh Bochel is Professor of Public Policy at the University of Lincoln. 

John Hills is Richard Titmuss Professor of Social Policy, Director of the Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion (CASE) and Co-Director of the International Inequalities Institute at LSE.

Ruth Lupton is Professor of Education at the University of Manchester. 

Martin Powell is Professor of Health and Social Policy, University of Birmingham.

Coretta Phillips is An Associate Professor of Social Policy at the LSE

Dr Polly Vizard is a Associate Professorial Research Fellow at CASE, LSE.

This event is free and open to all please register your interest by email to

News Posted: 03 March 2016      [Back to the Top]

Child poverty measures: why academics and the House of Lords have challenged the government proposals
LSE British Politics and Policy blog by Kitty Stewart

This week the House of Commons will be discussing the Welfare Reform and Work Bill once again. Discussing the bill in January, the Lords decided that the government should continue to track and report annually on the existing suite of four child poverty indicators – which the Conservative government is seeking to abolish. In their place, the government wants to report on an alternative set of “life chances measures”, which will include education attainment at age 16 and household worklessness. Kitty Stewart argues that the government should listen to the House of Lords and to expert opinion and retain the official child poverty measures. Continue reading at LSE British Politics and Policy.

News Posted: 22 February 2016      [Back to the Top]

Hardship and shame: what Thomas More's Utopia can teach us about modern social security
LSE British Politics and Policy blog post by John Hills

Thomas More’s Utopia was published 500 years ago, in 1516, following discussions that had started in Antwerp the previous year. John Hills has been part of a European research programme on contemporary poverty reduction in Europe co-ordinated by Antwerp University, and was asked to reflect on connections between More’s fable and today’s debates. Utopians would generally not behave badly, he writes. Their behaviour was not reinforced by tangible incentives but by a cultural belief in lifetime honours, after death rewards and punishment on one hand, and a fear of being shamed if they behaved badly on the other. Today, in a blog for LSE British Politics and Policy he explains, this balance has disappeared as the debate on social security and anti-poverty strategy is dominated by worries about incentives and disincentives.

News Posted: 22 February 2016      [Back to the Top]